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Media literacy and Critical thinking

The training activity took place
in El Escorial, Spain
organised by Pulpo de 5 Patas
8-12 October 2021

Aims & objectives

Media literacy (also known as critical thinking skills) is vital to the safety, security, health, and well-being of individuals and communities.
The proliferation of social media and applications has increased the volume of information we are exposed to every day.
With the public health measures imposed as a result of COVID-19, individuals are spending more time online – increasing the risk of being exposed to false or misleading information.
Becoming digital media literate can help individuals build resiliency and reduce the risk of radicalizing to violence.

Main objective: educate youth workers in critical thinking, through debate and the search for different ways of information, thus they learn how to draw their own conclusions.

Specific Objectives:
To create a focus among youth workers on how to incorporate in their activities the promotion of debate, know how to promote diversity and intercultural and interreligious dialogue, to be able to question the information they receive.
To propose a theoretical model of citizen literacy in the face of this digital culture that consists of two basic axes: the first referred to the areas or dimensions of literacy, and the second to learning competencies (instrumental, cognitive, intellectual, socio-communicational, emotional) to be developed in young people.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

24 youth workers, social workers, educators from Morocco, Ukraine, Georgia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Spain, Poland and Greece

Training methods used & main activities

Before the training, participants explored the digital footprint of their colleagues from other countries, in order to become more aware of what can be found online about the person.
Through various non-formal educational methods, participants shared the situation with the media in their countries, debated what is the "moral" way to share the information, research/discuss the core, and how information spreads on social media, created tool for media understanding to be used in their communities.

Outcomes of the activity

Participants developed their competencies in critical thinking, increased their capacities in the organisation of debates and the search and analysis of the information, as well as the ways to pass this to young people they work with.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Coordination, design and implementation of the session during the training activity with my colleague Akim Pullman

I worked on this training for 3 days days as a full time trainer.

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